In the days following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, videos and images surfaced on social media that showed a Lamborghini with Broward County Sheriffs decals on the car which led to many claiming the embattled sheriff's office had purchased the car.
Did Broward County Sheriff's Office purchase the Lamborghini? No.
Multiple right-leaning and centrist accounts on Twitter pushed the debunked claim that the Broward County Sheriff's Office had purchased the vehicle and was, therefore, an example of the failing leadership of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
The claim is simply not true.
The Broward Palm Beach New Times reported in 2014 that the Lamborghini "was on loan from the Prestige Imports of Miami for the Toys in the Sun run and that it had been wrapped at no cost to the department."
In an email to The Daily Wire, Broward County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Joy Oglesby said the use of the car didn't "cost the Broward Sheriff’s Office any money since a local dealership loans the car, and the temporary wrap is installed and removed at no cost to BSO."
The car was used to benefit the charity U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, Oglesby added.
There are many reasons to criticize Sheriff Israel for his actions and inaction surrounding the Parkland shooting, but to spread information without first verifying whether it is true only detracts from legitimate arguments and criticisms that need to be made.